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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. with seven days to go until donald trump takes office, his feud with the country's intelligence agencies shows no signs of cooling down. today he claimed on twitter that they probably released the dossier of what he called totally made up claims linking him to russia. he also promised a report of allegations of hacking by moscow within 90 days. nick bryant reports. nick: they are storylines that could easily come from a cold war spy thriller. plot twists involving sex allegations and potential blackmail that even the tv series "house of cards" might balk at. but this is reality, not a show. the first episode of trump the presidency airs in one week's time. at trump tower today, he was
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commending his nominees, many of whom have been fiercely critical this week of russia. president-elect trump: i want them all to be themselves. nick: before dawn came a gale force twitter storm. nick: footage has come to light of christopher steele, the former mi6 officer who produced the dossier, at an event in cambridge university. he is now in hiding, apparently fearing for his life. former colleagues defended his professionalism. >> what he has reported is something he believes. he recognizes this is raw intelligence and it needs validation and it needs further exploration. nick: on capitol hill today, lawmakers received a behind-closed-doors briefing on the unverified dossier and russia's alleged interference
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into the presidential election. many left demanding more answers. >> the american people are owed the truth and there's a great deal of evidence to say this is an issue of high interest to the american people. the strength and the integrity of our own democracy. nick: there is yet more intrigue. a senior u.s. official confirming today there were frequent contacts between donald trump's top national security advisor and russia's ambassador in washington, and the contacts took place on the day that president obama expelled dozens of russian officials in retaliation for the alleged hacking. raises questions about the trump team's ties with the kremlin. all this as barack obama performs his final acts, and one of them took his deputy completely by surprise. president obama: i'm pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom. nick: joe biden couldn't contain his emotions.
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it was a passing presidential gift that sealed their eight-year bromance. vice president biden: i can say i was part of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country. nick: washington moves on. it has always been a city of political farewells. at this time next week, this capital, this country will be under very different management. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. laura: for more, i spoke a brief time ago with shane harris, a senior writer who covers national security for "the wall street journal." by promising a report into russia's hacking within 90 days, is donald trump trying to neutralize those who say he has not taken it seriously enough? shane: i think to some extent, yes. he says we don't have good cyber defenses in the united states and a single plane. probably true, we don't have a single plan. it shows he is taking this seriously and wants to make it a priority issue.
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but i don't know if anyone is expecting he will suddenly have a sort of conversion and suddenly think that russia was not only up to hacking, as they have been for many years, but he will suddenly think the intelligence community is right. he has not yet embraced their view that russia was behind a these political hacks. laura: indeed, today he was escalating the feud with intelligence agencies he was about to lead by suggesting they were behind the release of the dossier. shane: which, of course, is not correct. they did not compile the dossier. it was compiled by the british intelligence officer as we just heard. it made its way to the fbi and the intelligence chiefs made donald trump aware of that, but to say that they leaked this entire dossier does not capture what happened. laura: how key will the relationship will intelligence be as he goes by his national security adviser, michael flynn, who as we heard in the report was in regular contact with the russians? shane: michael flynn is the man with the most national security
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experience close to donald trump throughout the campaign. he will be a conduit for how this president receives information from intelligence agencies -- the pentagon, the state department. all roads lead back to michael flynn in the white house. will he have trump's ear or will there be people around him who buffer him, people like general mattis? will he stand up to michael flynn and try to get donald trump to pay attention to the pentagon over the security advisor? laura: once the president-elect is sworn in in seven days time, do you think there could be a shift in tone and the rift could be healed between himself and intelligence agencies? shane: anything is possible given the way the pendulum swings. we thought after he got the briefing on the hacks he seems to acknowledge the russians did it and there was a moment of, but then the dossier came out and it was back to the feud. everybody in the intelligence community is holding their breath. i don't know if anyone is expecting there will be another reversal and trump will say everything is fine, all is
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settled. they are hoping the intelligence chiefs, people like mike pompeo and others, will come in and the a buffer for them, frankly, against the white house. laura: you talked about mike pompeo. he had a hearing to be c.i.a. director. he seems robust on protecting intelligence agencies. the buffer you are talking about. shane: which is a smart move on his part because traditionally c.i.a. directors who come in and want to make big changes are perceived as not having the agency's back don't last very long. he said in the hearing, "i do not believe they are politicized," a different view than michael flynn has expressed. mike pompeo's first customer is the president of the united states but clearly in that hearing he was time to say i hear you, i don't think you are political, i have your back. laura: shane harris, thanks for joining us. national security is one item for donald trump as he is sworn in as president next week. those who voted for him want to see progress on his campaign pledges. mr. trump won the white house by defeating hillary clinton in key
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democratic states like michigan. once the engine of the u.s. economy and home to america's motor city, many are struggling. rajini vaidyanathan has been speaking to trump supporters about what they would like to see happen next. rajini: it was in the industrial regions of america's midwest that donald trump's message resonated the most. >> in southeastern michigan there has been plant closing after plant closing. rajini: he works in a car factory. a lifeline democrat and a union member, he voted for donald trump. >> i'm a liberal who believes in gay rights, abortion rights. but i also want to see jobs come back to my facility, and i want to see donald trump bring those jobs back. rajini: donald trump won michigan by a narrow margin thanks in part to his promise to rebuild cities like here in detroit. many voters will judge his
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presidency on one simple thing -- can he bring jobs back? for small business owners, that means stemming the flow of jobs overseas and shunning globalism. >> we want america back. that's it. we want it back. we want it back. rajini: from where, who? >> from the corporations, from the banks, from the u.n. we don't need the u.n. we need just america to be america. rajini: which for his wife means a return to conservative values. >> one of the big reasons i voted was for the supreme court. basically, the second amendment is a big issue for me. the ability to keep and bear arms, to defend yourself. rajini: donald trump's victory was built on support from disillusioned democrats here. this sheet metal worker voted
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for obama in 2008. his own company went under during the financial crisis. he believes it will take a businessman to turn this city around. >> i think everybody's sick of politicians. too much talking, saying what everybody wants to hear. not getting anything done. rajini: and now donald trump is becoming a politician. >> yeah, i guess he is now. [laughter] there's no way around it. yes, he is a politician. hopefully he doesn't change too much. >> ♪ if you are a true american let's make it great again play the trump card ♪ rajini: donald trump's promises struck a chord with white working-class voters in michigan, but to keep their support, america's president has to deliver. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, detroit. laura: a big job ahead there for the president-elect.
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among mr. trump's promises to his supporters is scrapping the affordable care act, known as obamacare. today the house of representatives took the first step in that direction, moving forward with legislation to scrap the existing law. the president-elect applauded the effort, saying the act will soon be history. but there are concerns about what will take its place. laura bicker joined me a brief time ago to explain. one of the great mysteries in washington, what exactly replaces obamacare. can you shed light on that? laura b.: the campaign pledge, replace and repeal obamacare. and repealing it is the easy part. it is replacing it that will be the hard part. during the debate today you heard from democrats such as nancy pelosi say that the choice is affordable care or chaos. the worry is that in the interim while they are looking for a replacement, insurance premiums will be hiked up. there will be millions of people -- there are 20 million americans who have health
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insurance who did not have it before obamacare. what will they be left with? these are the questions that democrats are pushing republicans on. what paul ryan had to say today is that they will not pull the rug from under those who need health insurance coverage, but he said this is a rescue mission. laura: so what is the timetable for this happening? president-elect wants to repeal and replace virtually simultaneously. laura b.: donald trump may want swift action, but congress doesn't have quite that agility. there are a few steps that need to be done right now. this sets everything in motion for a replacement and repealing act, which will need to go through the usual channels. but it might not be so easy. nine republicans voted against it and there are real sticking points. how do you keep the coverage? how do you pay for it? how do you ensure those with pre-existing conditions keep the coverage they already have? that is the sticking point for
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republicans. laura: and the republicans you talked about, presumably they are worried that they will be punished by voters if it doesn't work. laura b.: it is worth pointing out that many of the states that voted for donald trump have the highest uptake of obamacare. you have this promise by paul ryan to repeal and replace at the same time within 100 days. and yet that plan to do so has yet to come to light. laura: laura bicker, thank you for explaining. in other news from around the girl stolen 18 years ago from hospital in florida has been found alive in south carolina. the sheriff of jacksonville told a news conference that a woman has been arrested in connection with the abduction. the u.s. government has accused chicago city police of systematically violating civil rights by routinely using excessive force, especially against african-american and latino citizens. following a year-long investigation, the department of
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justice said chicago police officers shot people who do not pose an immediate threat. french authorities have launched an investigation to whether a carmaker tried to cheat emissions tests for diesel vehicles. shares fell sharply on the news. it comes a day after fiat chrysler was accused of violating pollution restrictions in the united states. case where a woman died despite doctors using 26 different antibiotics to treat her. the 70-year-old from nevada returned to the u.s. in august with an infected swelling in her right hip after a long stay in india. the centers for disease control and prevention has been warning of bacteriaent resistant to antibiotics. iraqi forces have come against heavy resistance after launching an attack to recapture mosul university from the so-called islamic state. elite troops entered the compound on friday, trying to secure the area, the last major i.s. stronghold in iraq.
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reporter: in the streets around mosul university, iraqi forces gather. this their latest target in the push to take back the city. so-called islamic state fighters have used the campus as a base and it is claimed they tried to produce chemical weapons in the science laboratories. after heavy fighting, iraqi troops say they have taken control of several of the university buildings. >> the area we entered was a technical college and some dorms. we were able to overcome the obstacles prepared by the terrorists, and we control the college and the dorm areas. we have also brought down the large daesh flag in the university, known to be highest one erected on the eastern side. reporter: government forces have been trying to capture mosul, the last major i.s. stronghold in iraq, since october. initially, progress was slow. but since the campaign was relaunched two weeks ago,
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they've made swift progress on the eastern side of the city, where the university is based. special forces are also claiming another tactical victory from having reached freedom bridge . they have taken the east side of 2 of the five main bridges that cross the tigris river that runs through the city, dividing mosul from north to south. they hope to take full control of the eastern bank before they can launch attacks on the west, which islamic state still fully controls. as the battle for mosul continues. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come, the commoner who married into royalty. we look back on the life of lord snowdon, former husband of princess margaret, who died at age 86. refugees and migrants are dying in europe from europe's sudden
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cold snap and the united nations refugee agency is urging governments to do more. they have called on greece to move migrants from poor conditions on the island to better facilities on the mainland. reporter: desperate to get out of the bitterly cold waters, these are just some of the 800 migrants and refugees rescued from the mediterranean sea yesterday. the italian coast guard help them off this rubber boat they were trying to cross in. freezing temperatures in europe over the last week have caused the u.n. to call on governments to do more to help migrants. in greece, the situation was so bad that this ship was sent to lesbos at the request of the greek prime minister amidst warnings that conditions at the main camp had become inhumane. hundreds of others in lesbos are being transferred to hotels. >> i don't kn where i go.
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i'm afraid. reporter: at the european parliament in brussels, a warning about how prepared the eu is for a further increase in numbers. >> we're making a call for europe to prepare for possible new influxes. it may not happen. but we need to be prepared. we are very concerned that in a number of situations, europe does not seem to have a plan a or b. reporter: conditions are also tough at this migrant camp in serbia. more than 1000 men from afghanistan and pakistan are relying on volunteers and are -- one meal a day from volunteers and are having to wash outside in the cold conditions. concern is growing that more migrants will die trying to survive these harsh conditions.
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laura: lord snowdon, the ex-husband of his princess margaret, has died at age 86. born antony armstrong jones and he was the first commoner to marry daughter for 450 euros. in 1960, there's was the first marriage to be televised, but they were eventually separated and divorced. our correspondent looks back on his life. he was the society photographer took pictures of the royal family and married one of its leading members. he was in 1960 of the start of a decade of considerable social change that antony armstrong jones married the queen's youngest sister, princess margaret. he was an untitled commoner, she was the princess who a few years earlier had to renounce her love for beneficial because he was divorced. >> princess margaret and her
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husband appeared on the balcony. reporter: the couple brought glamour to the british royal family. they traveled widely. this was them on a visit to san francisco, a list celebrities before the term had really been invented, presenting an image of britain more in keeping with the informality of the time. although he became the earl of snowden, he continued to work as a photographer. this was a portrait he took of his wife wearing a tiara in the draft. he photographed many show business figures. this is a portrait of david bowie. he was also a talented designer. above queen and wanted all else her sister's happiness and her sister seemed to find happiness with this very different young man who was extremely artistic, very talented, and i think people really respected him for that. the late 1960's the
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couple had two children, but their marriage was in serious difficulty. both were having affairs. in 1976, lord snowdon announced that he and princess margaret were two separate. in every way. sad reporter: as a child he contracted polio. throughout his life he had paid on behalf of disabled people, and in later years, despite his increasing frailty, he continued his passion for photography. he could look back on a life notable for his marriage into the royal family but which had also produced many professional ,chievements, memorable images among them this one of the queen which ended up on britain's arrested steps, or a relaxed 80th birthday portrait. >> all luck. laura: a society photographer
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who married the princess. here in the u.s., many of us are familiar with the tale of the native american credited with saving the life of john smith. ,he died nearly 400 years ago but this week, special events marking her extraordinary life has begun in a location that may surprise you. the bbc reports from southeast england. reporter: pocahontas was a native american who married an english settler called john rolfe. they became virginia's first tobacco farmers, traveled to england to seek investment and mixed with the movers and shakers of the day, including king james and queen anne. but on their return, as the ship passed through, pocahontas, or rebecca rolfe as she was now known, took ill and died. this is where she is buried. this is her great great great great great great great great great grandson, also called john rolfe. >> i am proud to be a descendent
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of pocahontas 17 times down the line. very frustrating at times. many people growing up had never heard of pocahontas. it was like saying i was related to cinderella or sleeping beauty. reporter: as the 400th anniversary of her death approaches, there is a chance to honor her brief but extraordinary life. >> one of the first recorded instances of people from different cultures married. reporter: and they were celebrities. >> indeed, very much so, because many people had never met a native american. pocahontas was a celebrity and dined with king james and queen anne. i feel proud that her legacy lives on and proud of this amazing, very true story, very powerful woman. reporter: the pocahontas 2017 festival is underway at the st. john's school.
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special lessons and a special visitor. >> i'm an art historian and cultural ambassador for my tribal nation. i definitely feel a connection with pocahontas. i feel like i am part of her story. i'm following in her footsteps. i married an english person. i changed my culture. i became an ambassador for my people, which is really what i think she was. >> she was such a strong lady and she did lots of things before he died. >> she influenced us in how she lived and how brave he was. -- how brave she was. reporter: some historians believe pocahontas heard this song during her trip to england. ♪ reporter: special performances in schools are planned. a remarkable life, a remarkable story, but no fairytale.
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laura: have a great weekend from all of us here at "world news america." i am laura trevelyan. >> make sense of international news at >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
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